With the cold season in full swing, it’s the ideal time to enjoy indoor activities. And with all the awesome board games out there on the market at the minute, it’s probably the best indoor activity of all!
One game in particular, Game of Thrones: The Board Game Second Edition, is resurfacing thanks to the successful TV series. If you and your friends were part of the 12.1 million viewers who tuned in to GoT’s Season 7 Finale, then this game is a must-play.
The game was actually released in 2011, but many are now revisiting it, with many other fans joining as beginners. The Mile High Game Guys recently reviewed the game on their podcast after playing it for the first time. The board game experts talked about the rules and components that made the game fun and exciting, and generally how complex it is for a board game.
So with that in mind, here are 5 awesome things about the board game that has helped drum up a bigger community in the last 12 months.
Another masterpiece from Christian Petersen
The game was made by gaming veteran Christian Petersen, the founder and CEO of Fantasy Flight Games. He has released his fair share of successful board games, starting with Twilight Imperium back in 1997. It was through that game that he launched his company and released a slew of impressive releases.
He’s also known for turning famous franchises into board games. Aside from GoT, he created World of Warcraft: The Board Game and Star Wars: Armada.
Elements are closer to the series
The second edition is a lot more faithful to the TV series than the first. The game cards, for instance, depict the cast rather than the descriptions in the book. The first edition also looked too colorful and bright, which was a stark contrast to the dark and ominous atmosphere of the show.
Although the books have been very popular, it’s noticeable that elements from the show have a lot more draw. This is evident even in other games tied to the title. One perfect example is the Game of Thrones 15 Lines slot title being hosted on Slingo, which has “taken sounds directly from the show,” in addition to the house sigils which are now part of the franchise’s identity. The two games highlight different features – one visual and the other aural, but both give fans distinct mediums to experience the excitement that turned GoT into a global phenomenon.
A lot of the storylines in Game of Thrones consist of strategy and alliances, both of which you will need to succeed in the board game. This unpredictability is what makes it fun. You have to be careful though, as the player you consider a friend can instantly betray you for a better shot at the crown. Of course, the opposite holds true as well.
Tides of Battle Cards
The Tides of Battle mechanic is a game changer, both figuratively and literally. Each one represents a variable, from weather changes to battle tactics, that can either be a valuable asset or a dangerous liability. You might find yourself suddenly victorious in a skirmish by just a flip of a card, or that may be the case for your opponent. Either way, they add a dynamic that makes the board game more engrossing.
Finally, no board game is complete without fine game pieces, and this game made use of really fine details. From the cards with intricate designs to sophisticated miniatures to the impeccably drawn map of Westeros on the board, it’s evident how much detail and effort went into the production of the game.
Have you tried playing A Game of Thrones: The Board Game Second Edition? What are your thoughts on it?